Human Resource Services
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Fire Department General Services Manager (Promotional)

Recruitment #23-8174-01




THIS IS A NEW PROMOTIONAL ASSEMBLED EXAMINATION. The eligible list resulting from this examination will cancel any existing list and may last approximately one year but can be extended. Qualified applicants must be current Alameda County Fire Department employees and have completed, by the last day for filing, the equivalent of six months of continuous service following a regular appointment in the Alameda County classified service. A regular appointment does not include provisional, TAP (Temporary Assignment Pool), or STEP-UP appointments.


Applications must be in the possession of the Human Resource Services Department by 5:00 p.m. on the Last Day for Filing. 




THE ALAMEDA COUNTY FIRE DEPARTMENT (ACFD) provides all-risk emergency services to the unincorporated areas of Alameda County (excluding Fairview), the cities of San Leandro, Dublin, Newark, Union City and Emeryville, the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. With 28 fire stations and 34 companies serving a population of 394,000, the ACFD serves densely populated urban areas, waterways, industrialized centers, extensive urban interface, agricultural and wildland regions. Over 400 personnel and 100 Reserve Firefighters provide a wide variety of services to an ever expanding, dynamic and diverse community of roughly 508 square miles. These services include:

  • Advanced Life Support
  • Fire Suppression
  • Hazardous Materials Response
  • Urban Search & Rescue
  • Water Rescue
  • Community Outreach & Education
  • Disaster Preparedness
  • Fire Prevention and Code Compliance
  • Regional Dispatch

The Alameda County Fire Department (ACFD) was formed on July 1, 1993, as a dependent special district with the Alameda County Board of Supervisors as its governing body. This consolidation brought together into a single jurisdiction the Castro Valley Fire Department, Eden Consolidated Fire Protection District and County Fire Patrol. Subsequently, the following communities have contracted with the ACFD:

  • July 1, 1995 City of San Leandro
  • July 1, 1997 City of Dublin
  • August 1, 2002 Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
  • October 1, 2007 Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
  • May 1, 2010 City of Newark
  • July 1, 2010 City of Union City
  • July 1, 2012 City of Emeryville

On January 20, 2008, the ACFD became responsible for the administration and operation of the Alameda County Regional Emergency Communications Center (ACRECC). The dispatch center provides dispatch and regional communication center services for the ACFD, the Alameda County Emergency Medical Services Agency, Camp Parks Combat Support Training Center, and the cities of Alameda, Fremont, Livermore and Pleasanton. ACRECC is also the Dispatch/System Status Management Center for Falck ambulance service.

For more information about the agency, please visit:  Alameda County Fire Department.

Under general direction, to plan, direct, evaluate, manage, and coordinate all activities and operations relating to facilities and fleet division including all vehicles, apparatus, heavy equipment, buildings and facilities, mechanical systems, and property under the control or use of the fire department.

For more detailed information about the classification, please visit: Fire Department General Services Manager (#8174).


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Possession of a Bachelor's degree in a relevant field from an accredited college or university.


Two years of full-time (or equivalent part-time hours) management experience performing complex administrative, budgetary and personnel supervision activities, and

Two years of full-time (or equivalent part-time hours) management experience operating a complex maintenance shop in the areas of fleet and vehicle maintenance and/or building and facility maintenance or equivalent with a Bachelor’s Degree from a regionally accredited college or university.


Four years of full-time (or equivalent part-time hours) management experience performing complex administrative, budgetary and personnel supervision activities,

Four years of full-time (or equivalent part-time hours) management experience operating a complex maintenance shop in the areas of fleet and vehicle maintenance and/or building and facility maintenance or equivalent.

Licenses and Certifications:

Minimum - Valid Class C California Driver’s License with ability to obtain a Class A or B with various endorsements if requested.

Preferred - California State Fire Marshal’s Office – State Fire Mechanic Certificate

NOTE: The Civil Service Commission may modify the above Minimum Qualifications in the announcement of an examination.


The most suitably qualified candidates will possess the following competencies:

Knowledge of:

  • Principles and practices of supervision and leadership
  • Budget development and tracking, cost control procedures, financial forecasting and fiscal analysis
  • Project management methods and procedures
  • Current methods, tools and equipment used in the maintenance of automobiles and fire apparatus
  • Principles of gas and diesel engines, diagnostic equipment and hydraulics
  • Fire equipment and apparatus
  • Machine shop use, body repair, automotive painting and arc and acetylene welding techniques
  • Basic OSHA safety rules and procedures
  • Vehicle procurement methods
  • Purchasing and materials management practices and principles
  • Computerized preventive maintenance systems and electronic controls
  • Inventory management and control principles
  • Competitive bidding procedures
  • Vehicle surplus practices
  • Contract administration principles
  • Preventive maintenance programs
  • Vehicle maintenance requirements
  • Fleet management systems
  • Industry standards
  • Vehicle rotation process
  • Body shop and insurance procedures
  • Legal requirements for the construction, operation, and certification of vehicles in the fleet (DOT, CHP, NFPA).
  • Applicable building codes, regulations, federal, State, local ordinances.
Ability to:

  • Monitor and evaluate employees
  • Plan, organize, administer and evaluate the work of staff
  • Provide technical guidance to staff including writing and updating vehicle specifications
  • Use computers and applicable software applications
  • Adapt to changing circumstances
  • Analyze and collect data
  • Maintain accurate record keeping and documentation
  • Manage preventive maintenance activities
  • Maximize shop production and workflow
  • Prepare reports
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work
  • Develop and administer budgets
  • Manage billing and inventory control records
  • Maintain and reconcile expense accounts
  • Use computer applications (i.e. MS Word, Excel) related to the work
  • Procure vehicles
  • Dispose of vehicle surplus
  • Administer contracts
  • Draft and implement policies and procedures
  • Estimate required parts for future repairs and maintenance
  • Communicate, demonstrate interpersonal skills as applied to interaction with coworkers, supervisor, the general public, etc. sufficient to exchange or convey information and to receive work
  • Prepare proposals and specifications
  • Analyze, interpret, and implement solutions to purchasing and materials management problems


The examination will consist of the following steps:

  1. A review of the applicants’ application and supplemental questionnaire to verify possession of minimum requirements. Those candidates who possess the minimum requirements for the class will move on to the next step in the examination process.
  2. An oral examination which will be weighted as 100% of the candidate’s final examination score. The oral examination may contain situational exercises.



We reserve the right to make changes to the announced examination components. Alameda County utilizes a Civil Service Selection System founded on merit. Such a system is competitive and based on broad recruitment efforts and equal opportunity for qualified applicants to test in an examination process designed to determine the qualifications, fitness and ability of competitors to perform duties of the vacant position. Many of our recruitments are targeted and specific to the needs of a current vacant position, in which case, the eligible list may be exclusively used for that current vacant position. Other recruitments may be more broadly used for both current and future vacancies, or for other alternate jobs with comparable scopes of work.

To learn more about our recruitment and selection process, please visit the “What You Need to Know” section of our website,


The County will inform applicants, via email and with reasonable notice in advance, of any examination process that will require their attendance.  The following dates are tentative and subject to change based on operational needs.



Deadline for Filing

5:00 p.m., Monday, December 11, 2023

Review of Applications for Minimum Qualifications

Week of December 11, 2023

Civil Service Oral Examination:

Week of January 15, 2024

Notification of Results:  Week of January 22, 2024



Department Hiring Interviews

Week of February 5, 2024


Alameda County and the Human Resource Services Department will make reasonable efforts in the examination and/or selection process to accommodate qualified individuals with disabilities and/or medical conditions in accordance/compliance with the State Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), Federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Alameda County’s Reasonable Accommodation Policy and applicable statues. To request an accommodation due to a disability/medical condition during this or other phases of the examination/selection process, please contact the assigned Human Resources Representative listed on the job announcement before the last date of filing. Alameda County requires applicants to provide supporting documentation to substantiate a request for reasonable accommodation. In order to qualify for a reasonable accommodation, applicants must have a disability/medical condition pursuant to the ADA, FEHA and applicable statues.

For more information regarding our Reasonable Accommodation procedures, please visit our website,


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Maria Tabora | Human Resources Analyst
Human Resource Services, County of Alameda
(510) 272-6463 |


All Alameda County employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law.  Employment with the County requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect.  Employees are required to report to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.


Alameda County has a diverse workforce, that is representative of the communities we serve and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.  All aspects of employment are based on merit, competence, performance and business need. Alameda County does not discriminate in employment on the basis of, race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factors protected under federal, state and local law. Alameda County celebrates diversity and is committed to creating an inclusive, and welcoming workplace environment.